Interview: Chantal Laurin
Luca Curci talks with Chantal Laurin during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2022, at Palazzo Bembo – Venice Grand Canal.
My name is Chantal Laurin and I was born and live in Montreal, Canada. I’ve been drawing and painting forever but have doing it with the intention for 4 years. My journey as an acrylic painter, graphic artist and mail art artist has led me to connect with creative people and to present my artwork in competitions and art shows around the world since 1989. Mail art has by far been the most influential part of my artistic expression. I love its honesty, generosity, and total lack of ego. It has brought me the confidence to create and share without fear. It also allowed me to create big stories in a small format. I’ve been mastering digital skills for 4 years using playful finger-painting and watercolour techniques. My work brings finger painting and watercolour to another creative level. My drawings are an exploration of female individuality. My face can be defined as a little glam, a little raw, a little trashy but always feminine and soulful. I especially love drawing eyes and mouths. They hold the pathways of universal language. They can be seductive, filled with mystery, provocation, and determination with a hint of melancholy Often my subjects gaze directly at the viewer creating a funny feeling inside!
Luca Curci – What is art for you? And What’s your background?
Chantal Laurin – Art is all about intuition, instinct and making my soul happy. I have studied fashion design, and computer design but I consider myself to be a self-taught artist.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
CL – If the drawing has not come to life within 15 minutes, it wasn’t meant to be
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
CL – Mail art has by far been the most influential part of my artistic expression. I love its honesty, generosity, and total lack of ego. It has brought me the confidence to create and share without fear. It also allowed me to create big stories in a small format. It has certainly brought me to the format I am currently using. I am also very influenced by Glam, street art, and the cracked faces of Renaissance paintings.
LC – How is your creative process?
CL – Nearly all my creative process kicks in within this safe space called my bed with a cell phone in hand. It is surely one of the reasons why my illustrations are intimate, natural, and perhaps, at times, sensual.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
CL – My art changed over the years. I originally started with acrylic painting and radically switched to digital after having no space for a regular studio. The essence remains however the same.
LC – Has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
CL – The artwork selected to be a part of TBL is one element of a body of work containing over 500 digital illustrations.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
CL – The artwork selected by Itsliquid Group for The Body Language exhibition represents the way the body communicates security, self-care, and well-being. It also depicts what many of us forget to be thankful for. The luxury of a warm bed in a safe place called home where it is possible to unite with oneself as well as with the world at the end of the day.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
CL – Being a part of this exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to meet with people from this awesome Itsliquid Group community and to continue to grow within its core of creativity.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP? Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
CL – It is a very well organized and professional organization. I think it is simply a young girl’s dream come true. Actually, it went beyond the dream. It’s a wonderful recognition to have my artwork shown in such a grandiose place. It was a great pleasure collaborating with ITSLIQUID. Everyone was very helpful, patient, and nice to me.